Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day.
7:00 pm ET games
Ottawa @ Montreal
Likely Ottawa starter: Pascal Leclaire – It sounds like Brian Elliott might have a minor injury, so Leclaire will at least get tonight’s start and maybe more. (Source.)
Likely Montreal starter: Carey Price – Of course. (Source.)
Colorado @ Florida
Likely Colorado starter: Craig Anderson – Does this mean he’s really back? (Source.)
Likely Florida starter: Tomas Vokoun – Things haven’t been going well for Vokoun and the Panthers lately, but maybe a little home cooking will do them some good. (Source.)
Buffalo @ Boston
Likely Buffalo starter: Ryan Miller – He’s 6-2 in his last eight starts, so perhaps the Sabres can start making a move. Beating the eighth place Bruins would be a great way to push that process forward. (Source.)
Likely Boston starter: Tim Thomas – The reigning save of the week winner starts in net for the Bruins. (Source.)
9:30 pm ET games
Anaheim @ Edmonton
Likely Anaheim starter: Jonas Hiller – You might know the drill by now: the Ducks do little to confirm their starter, but most of the time, it’s Hiller.
Likely Edmonton starter: Nikolai Khabibulin – The Bulin Wall earned a shutout and only allowed a goal for another win in his two starts since returning from injury, so it’s sensible to grant him another appearance. (Source.)
Tampa Bay @ Calgary
Likely Tampa Bay starter: Dan Ellis – It’s a good thing the Lightning can score in bunches, because neither of their goalies is likely to get a Vezina Trophy nomination anytime soon. (Source.)
Likely Calgary starter: Miikka Kiprusoff – As usual. (Source.)
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.